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See how Hounslow's changed in 50 years

A public information film made when Hounslow became a London borough in 1965 shows how much it has changed

Hounslow 50th birthday

A new video offers an entertaining glimpse into how Hounslow has changed during its half century as a London borough.

The celebratory video, produced by Hounslow Council to mark its 50th birthday, contrasts life in the '60s with scenes from the borough today.

It opens with a grainy public information film made when the old boroughs of Brentford & Chiswick and Heston & Isleworth were merged with the urban district of Feltham to become one of many new London boroughs in 1965.

The film introduces you to the many services provided by the newly formed council, including back then maintenance of the borough's 12-mile strip of the M4, now managed by the Highways Agency.

It also shows a chubby baby being examined at Heston Health Centre, youngsters in the playground of Spring Grove Primary School, Isleworth, and a pair of newlyweds showered with confetti, among other scenes.

The plummy voiced narrator asks viewers to imagine how rubbish would pile up and streets would be plunged into darkness were council staff to go on 'permanent holiday' - uncannily presaging the energy crisis and three-day week which came a few years later in the 1970s.

The new film stitches together more archive footage, including the completion of the Piccadilly line extension and the first computer being installed at council offices, with birthday wishes from modern-day residents and workers.

It also features contemporary councillors talking about the borough's development into what they describe as an "economic powerhouse" which is "buzzing and full of life".

Current council leader Steve Curran brings it to a close by looking towards the future and the need for more schools, more health facilities and more social housing to meet the needs of the borough's growing population.

Do you recognise yourself or anyone you know in the archive footage? Call Robert Cumber on 07795 656 567 or email robert.cumber@trinitymirror.com.

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